Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions enlists passengers in no-knife fight


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing 90,000 Flight Attendants, will begin a series of leafleting events at airports around the country to directly enlist passengers in the fight to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin. Leaflets encourage passengers to sign the petition to the White House and call members of Congress to support legislation to overturn TSA Administrator Pistole’s abrupt policy change.

The leaflet says:

The new rule does not make sense for combating potential terrorist attacks nor the daily disturbances we handle by de-escalating conflicts or asking passengers to help us contain problems. Aircraft cabins are fuller than ever and Flight Attendant staffing has been cut. Introducing knives and other weapons into these situations makes our job harder and everyone in the cabin less safe.

It makes no sense to choose between guarding against a hostile take-over attempt and an explosive device. We need to ensure air travel is secured against all threats to our safety and security.

We believe the millions who travel expect to arrive safely – and it’s our job to ensure it. Join us in opposition to this short-sighted, dangerous change to aviation security.

On Thursday, March 21, Flight Attendants from across the country will be enlisting the traveling public to help keep U.S. aviation the safest and most secure in the world.

Airport Leafleting and Local Times for Thursday, March 21:

Washington National Airport (DCA)

Concourse Level for Terminals A/B/C

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am Eastern Time

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Outside Departure Level – Terminals 1 and 2

Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Pacific Time

Norfolk International Airport (ORF)

Airport Lobby

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time